Monday, 6 April 2015

Almond, Date and Cranberry Protein Balls


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Need a healthy snack recipe?


These protein balls could help you quit biscuits!


I've got to stop eating so much sugar. That includes all the cakes, biscuits and chocolate. I find that I can't just eat one biscuit either - it's always nearer ten. There's just something that makes sweet stuff so addictive.

So I've decided to try and change my diet. I could do with losing about 14 pounds so cutting back on sugar and refined carbs seems like a good plan. I always struggle when it comes to reaching for the mid-afternoon biscuits, so I've come up with these Almond, Date and Cranberry Protein Balls.

I love Ella Woodward from Deliciously Ella - and her Cacao and Almond Energy Balls are my favourites - so I thought I'd make my own version!

They are super easy to make and great for a mid-afternoon snack without gorging on a whole pack of biscuits or a massive bar of chocolate. The sweetness is just right to satisfy those of us with a sweet tooth, but all those lovely almonds make these nice and filling to keep hunger at bay.

Also, and here's an added bonus - the kids absolutely love them. Eddie, my 16 month-old, adores them. These balls are a great way to get nuts into little ones without the choking factor.

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Almond, Date and Cranberry Protein Balls

PREP TIME

COOK TIME

CALORIES

10 mins 0 mins 68 each

Makes 18
Ingredients:
70g dried dates
70g dried cranberries
50g raisins
2 tsp almond butter
100g raw almonds



HOW TO MAKE:
    1. Put all the ingredients into a small food blender. I use the attachment for my stick blender .

    2. Blend for a few minutes until the mixture starts to look stickier.

    3. Now form into 18 balls.

    4. Store on baking parchment in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.

Recipe by Mrs Mean

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